GOLF

Woods says his neck injury is not related to his Thanksgiving weekend car accident

Tiger Woods says there is “no connection” between the neck pain that forced him to withdraw from The Players Championship and his Nov. 27 car accident.

Woods said during a news conference Monday in Newtown Square, Pa., that his neck started bothering him in the weeks leading up to the Masters, his first competition in five months. Woods says he feels pain in the right side of his neck.

He says he cannot deal with the spasms that affect his ability to turn his head. Woods withdrew from The Players Championship on Sunday. He says he fears the injury might be a bulging disk in his neck. Woods was sent to an Orlando, Fla., hospital after his middle-of-the-night accident for a sore neck and a cut lip.

COLLEGES

SOFTBALL: Bowdoin secured its first trip to the NCAA Division III tournament, earning an at-large selection in a regional that will be hosted by Wellesley College.

The Mules (33-12) will face Rivier in their opening game of the double-elimination regional at noon Thursday.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Colby received an at-large berth in the NCAA Division III tournament and will host USM at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets for the game are $3 for adults and $2 for non-Colby students. Colby students who show their ID will get into the game for free.

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Bowdoin earned an at-large bid for the NCAA Division III tournament and will play Castleton State on Friday at Amherst College.

HOCKEY

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The United States was upset by Denmark at the hockey world championships, beaten 2-1 for its second straight overtime loss in Cologne, Germany.

The Americans lost by the same score to Germany and must defeat Finland in the last group game to reach the next round. Denmark advanced with the victory.

CYCLING

GIRO D’ITALIA: Wouter Weylandt edged Graeme Brown in a sprint finish in Middelburg, Netherlands, to take the third stage of the Giro d’Italia, the last in the Netherlands before the race heads back to Italy.

Weylandt broke away from the main pack in the final yards to finish the stage in 5 hours, 6 seconds. Cadel Evans lost the overall lead to Alexandre Vinokourov.

FOOTBALL

NFL: The Cowboys and Rams swapped underachieving former first-round picks, with offensive tackle Alex Barron going to Dallas and linebacker Bobby Carpenter headed for St. Louis.